Monday, January 17, 2011

Young Martin Luther King Jr. Inspired by Teenage Summer Spent in Desegregated Connecticut

Young Martin Luther King Jr. Inspired by Teenage Summer Spent in Desegregated Connecticut:
A young Martin Luther King Jr. might have gone on to any number of careers, but for one inspiring summer in Connecticut. He was there as a teenager, earning money for college by working on a tobacco farm, and he was shocked by the lack of segregation he found. “After we passed Washington there was no discrimination at all,” he wrote to his father in 1944. “The white people here are very nice. We go to any place we want to and sit any where we want to.” In a letter written days later to his mother, he noted, “I never thought that a person of my race could eat anywhere but we ate in one of the finest restaurants in Hartford.”

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